Johnny Green

After a stab at studying economics at Harvard, 21-year-old New Yorker Johnny Green was hired as a rehearsal pianist at Paramount Pictures. Entering the movies at the dawn of the musical-comedy era, Green swiftly gained ... Read more »
Born: 10/10/1908 in New York City, NY

Filmography

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'Round Midnight

Featured Music

A Life of Her Own

Musical Direction/Supervision

Alvarez Kelly

Composer (Music Score)

An American in Paris

Musical Direction/Supervision

Bathing Beauty

Composer (Music Score)

Because You're Mine

Composer (Music Score)

Body and Soul

Songwriter

Body and Soul

Composer (Music Score)

Brigadoon

Musical Direction/Supervision

Broadway Rhythm

Composer (Music Score)

Bye Bye Birdie

Composer (Music Score)

Cynthia

Musical Direction/Supervision

Cynthia

Songwriter

Easter Parade

Musical Direction/Supervision

Easy to Wed

Composer (Music Score)

Fiesta

Composer (Music Score)

High Society

Musical Direction/Supervision

Honor Among Lovers

Composer (Music Score)

I Cover the Waterfront

Composer (Music Score)

It Happened in Brooklyn

Composer (Music Score)

It's a Big Country

Musical Direction/Supervision

Johnny Tiger

Musical Direction/Supervision

Johnny Tiger

Composer (Music Score)

Lost in a Harem

Composer (Music Score)

Meet Me in Las Vegas

Composer (Music Score)

Mr. Imperium

Musical Direction/Supervision

Oliver!

Musical Direction/Supervision

Pepe

Composer (Music Score)

Raintree County

Composer (Music Score)

Raintree County

Songwriter

Rhapsody

Musical Direction/Supervision

Royal Wedding

Musical Direction/Supervision

Royal Wedding

Composer (Music Score)

Secrets of a Secretary

Composer (Music Score)

Something in the Wind

Composer (Music Score)

Something in the Wind

Musical Direction/Supervision

Start Cheering

Composer (Music Score)

Summer Stock

Musical Direction/Supervision

The First Baby

Composer (Music Score)

The Great Caruso

Composer (Music Score)

The Great Caruso

Musical Direction/Supervision

The Inspector General

Musical Direction/Supervision

The Inspector General

Composer (Music Score)

The Sailor Takes a Wife

Composer (Music Score)

The Toast of New Orleans

Musical Direction/Supervision

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Composer (Music Score)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Musical Direction/Supervision

Too Young to Kiss

Musical Direction/Supervision

Torch Song Trilogy

Featured Music

Twilight of Honor

Musical Direction/Supervision

Twilight of Honor

Composer (Music Score)

Up in Central Park

Musical Direction/Supervision

Weekend at the Waldorf

Composer (Music Score)

Weekend at the Waldorf

Musical Direction/Supervision

West Side Story

Conductor

West Side Story

Musical Direction/Supervision

Biography

After a stab at studying economics at Harvard, 21-year-old New Yorker Johnny Green was hired as a rehearsal pianist at Paramount Pictures. Entering the movies at the dawn of the musical-comedy era, Green swiftly gained in experience and expertise; throughout the '30s he was a top musical arranger and bandleader, taking time out to compose such song hits as "Body and Soul." In 1949, Green was appointed musical director at MGM, where during his nine-year stay he won Oscars for his orchestrations of Easter Parade (1948) and An American in Paris (1951). He also supervised MGM's Concert Hall Technicolor short subjects series, picking up an additional Oscar for his efforts. An outspoken liberal, Green was in danger of being blacklisted in the politically delicate early '50s; he avoided this fate with a carefully worded "patriotic" public statement which caused him embarrassment to his dying day. Free-lancing upon the completion of his MGM contract, Green collected two more Academy Awards for orchestrating West Side Story (1961) and Oliver! Perhaps it was his familiarity with the Oscar podium that led Green to produce several of the Academy Awards ceremonies. Johnny Green's final movie assignment was likewise as producer: 1969's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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